Global Health Studies Program

The University of Iowa Global Health Studies Program offers a B.A. and B.S., a minor, and a certificate (which is available to both undergraduate and graduate/professional students).  The academic curriculum builds upon the humanities, social sciences and health sciences to help students understand underlying forces—such as history, culture, gender and sexuality, economics, politics, race and ethnicity, the environment, law, and technology-- which lead to health disparities worldwide.

The program offers experiential learning opportunities such as internships, research, service learning, and capstone courses which allow students to develop real world skills related to major global health issues. These experiences help students define and achieve their post-graduation goals.

The UI Global Health Studies Program equips its students to:

  • Identify the core areas of Global Health such as infectious and non-communicable diseases, maternal and child health, food sovereignty, environmental health, health inequalities, and interventions.
  • Analyze biomedical, social, cultural and environmental determinants of health and disease.
  • Draw connections between significant health problems which affect both domestic and international communities.
  • Recognize the ethical challenges involved in interventions designed to improve health and health equity across cultural and geographical boundaries.

Global Health Studies graduates find employment in a range of global health related sectors such as non-profit organizations, immigrant and refugee health, community-based health education, governmental agencies, health policy, and advocacy.   Global Health Studies alumni have also gone on to graduate and professional programs in public health, international development, medicine, pharmacy, nursing, law, urban and regional planning, sustainable agriculture, non-profit management, and public administration.

More information about the UI Global Health Studies program can be found in the UI General Catalog.